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Conservation Programs

Conservation Programs


Water Demand Management Plan

Water Demand Management Plan
A newly created Demand Management Unit within DEP was tasked with development of a citywide strategy that will outline DEP’s plan for implementation of water demand management projects between now and 2021. The Water Demand Management Plan identifies six key strategies for managing water demand in New York City in light of the Water for the Future program, and details 21 specific initiatives to be implemented over the next eight years in order to achieve targeted water demand reductions.
Water Demand Management Plan – Whole Report (Single Page)
Water Demand Management Plan – Whole Report (Spread)
Read the 2013 Annual Conservation Report
Read the 2012 Annual Conservation Report
Read the 2011 Annual Conservation Report - Five Year Update


Municipal Water Efficiency Program

Municipal Water Efficiency Program
DEP understands the importance of ensuring that our public buildings and institutions operate efficiently. Through the Municipal Water Efficiency Program and its ongoing partnerships, DEP will invest in water conservation measures to make our public buildings more efficient. The Municipal Water Efficiency Program is a seven year initiative to retrofit plumbing fixtures in city schools, parks, playgrounds, firehouses, and universities, generating estimated water savings of more than 9 million gallons of water per day.
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Residential Water Efficiency Programs

Residential Water Efficiency Programs
Beginning in 2014, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be launching a Toilet Replacement Program. This two year program will offer $125 vouchers to qualified multifamily property owners to purchase high-efficiency toilets. DEP anticipates that this program will save the city over 10 million gallons of water per day.
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Non-Residential Water Efficiency Programs

Non-Residential Water Efficiency Programs
Commercial and non-residential buildings account for a significant proportion of citywide water demand and stand to benefit from partnerships with the City to reduce water consumption. In order to maximize water savings to meet the Water for the Future goal of a 5 percent reduction in citywide water demand, DEP will tap into water saving opportunities through exploring partnerships with the private sector. During the spring of 2013, DEP and the Mayor’s Office launched a water efficiency program called the Mayor’s Water Challenge.
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Water Distribution System Optimization

Water Distribution System Optimization
DEP has prioritized optimization of the city’s water distribution network by exploring expansion of its leak detection program, launching a service line protection program, pursuing full build-out of water meter and Automated Meter Reading technology, replacing large water meters on industry recommended cycles, and monitoring system pressure zones.
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Water Supply Shortage Management

Water Supply Shortage Management
Over the past 75 years, New York City has experienced nine drought periods of record, the most severe of which occurred prior to the 1980s. The city’s existing drought rules only account for water shortages created by natural, hydrologic conditions measured by reservoir levels, and do not address water shortage conditions attributed to planned or unplanned outages of water supply infrastructure. These Rules will now include provisions to address water shortage conditions due to scheduled shutdowns and infrastructure repairs that would potentially cause temporary service interruptions.
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Upstate Water Conservation Program

Upstate Water Conservation Program
The DEP is working with its largest upstate wholesale water customers to develop conservation plans aimed at saving water and money. DEP will work collaboratively with the upstate customers to identify demand management strategies with a goal of reducing their water use by 5 percent. DEP has initially offered the planning service to the 10 largest upstate wholesale customers, which include communities in Orange and Westchester.
DEP Commits $350,000 to Help Largest Upstate Wholesale Water Customers Develop Conservation Plans


Useful Information


EPA’s WaterSense® Program

EPA’s WaterSense® Program
The mission of the EPA WaterSense Program is to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services. In support of the overall water demand reduction goals under New York City’s Water for the Future program, City, State and Federal government entities, in partnership with Consolidated Edison are encouraging New Yorkers to use WaterSense labeled showerheads to conserve water and reduce household water and energy costs. EPA’s ‘Shower Better’ campaign promotes use of WaterSense labeled shower heads that can save up to 30 gallons of water per household per day.
Visit the EPA WaterSense website
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Fix a Leak Week
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Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips
Save hundreds of gallons a week by following these water saving tips.
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Water Conservation Seminars for Building Managers

Water Conservation Seminars for Building Managers
DEP and Housing Preservation and Development co-sponsor a series of three-hour seminars.
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